Physically Active Math and Language Lessons Improve Academic Achievement
- Topic: Sport
Physically active academic lessons significantly improved mathematics and spelling performance of elementary school children.
Mullender-Wijnsma, Marijke J. et al. (2016). Physically Active Math and Language Lessons Improve Academic Achievement: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. Published ahead of print. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2743
Using physical activity in the teaching of academic lessons is a new way of learning. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of an innovative physically active academic intervention (“Fit & Vaardig op School” [F&V]) on academic achievement of children.
After 2 years, multilevel analysis showed that children in the intervention group had significantly greater gains in mathematics speed test (P < .001; effect size [ES] 0.51), general mathematics (P < .001; ES 0.42), and spelling (P < .001; ES 0.45) scores. This equates to 4 months more learning gains in comparison with the control group. No differences were found on the reading test.